Definition of brass :
1. A brass plate engraved with a figure or device. Specifically, one used as a memorial to the dead, and generally having the portrait, coat of arms, etc.
2. A journal bearing, so called because frequently made of brass. A brass is often lined with a softer metal, when the latter is generally called a white metal lining. See Axle box, Journal Box, and Bearing.
3. An alloy ( usually yellow) of copper and zinc, in variable proportion, but often containing two parts of copper to one part of zinc. It sometimes contains tin, and rarely other metals.
4. Coin made of copper, brass, or bronze.
5. Impudence; a brazen face.
6. Lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the color of which is near to that of brass.
7. Utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass.
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- It was a white door, with a round brass handle, and, continually, she was very sure that she saw the handle turn. - "The Turnstile", A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason.
- He placed the time- table, still folded, in his pocket, rested an elbow on the brass apron of the window, and would have given himself up to reflections, though urged to move away. - "Gentle Julia", Booth Tarkington.
- When he got up there he found a very fine hall gas lamp made of wrought brass and copper with stained and painted glass sides. - "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists", Robert Tressell.